Crystal white sands, azure oceans, beautiful islands and ultra-luxurious resorts: the Maldives offers it all and more.

Experience the best of this tropical paradise with FOUR’s pick of the five most opulent stays. Underwater private dining, anyone?

1 Best for something innovative: Baros Maldives

This November, Baros the award wining resort and original pioneer of luxury in the Maldives, is re-launching for its 45th year, after a two-year renovation period.

The resort will unveil its newly renovated villas, bar and restaurants as well as enhanced guest experiences. The legacy of this bijou island continues with constant innovation of its product, service and authentic destination experiences offered by a loyal team of experts.

They’ve also added a new category of Villa accommodation – the Baros Suites, comprising two private, stand-alone Villas, provide guests with a modern, luxurious living space, each appointed with a spectacular 19 ft by 10 ft private swimming pool, a separate hot and cold water Jacuzzi and a secluded gazebo complete with a swing.

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2 Best for something stylish: Amilla Fushi

Whitewashed villas sit over turquoise waters at the beautiful Baa Atoll Maldives resort. Sun-kissed beach houses, swaying palm trees and gourmet cuisine – discover the UNESCO-protected biosphere of Amilla Fushi.

Found just 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé or 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Airport, arrive easily to enjoy modern and minimalistic luxury.

From  a glitzy infinity pool to the buzzy Emperor Beach Club (home to a café, wine cellar, general store, games room, artist studio, fashion boutique and photography studio) there’s plenty to discover. Plus, with a dozen restaurants to choose from, there’s no chance of going hungry.

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3 Best for something show-stopping: Cheval Blanc Maldives

One of the most exclusive addresses in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli offers the ultimate embodiment of exotic paradise. Situated on the Noonu Atoll, enjoy the very best in service, dining and wellness.

Encompassing five pristine islands in a stunning lagoon, there are 45 stylish villas here, built around the lush natural vegetation and all enjoying stunning ocean or lagoon views. Each enjoys the luxury of space, both indoors and outdoors, with cavernous high ceilings, various relaxation areas, generous decks and private 12.5 metre infinity pools – plus a handy private butler for those little extras.

Don’t miss a visit to the Cheval Blanc Spa either, with exclusively designed treatments by Guerlain and six overwater treatment villas.

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4 Best for the adventurers: Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru

Gracing the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere, this Four Seasons resort is a hotspot of tranquility, with lofty beach and overwater villas. Stay here to enjoy your own private pool, encounter manta rays and whale sharks as you snorkel through vibrant reefs, and follow the innovative island yoga trail for the ultimate zen experience.

Ideal for adventurers, there’s endless water sport opportunities and marine life to enjoy. Unique experiences including the ‘Manta on Call’ experience and Antigravity Yoga. Restaurants offer everything from Lebanese to Asian specialities, as well as seafood, salads and tempting light bites.

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5 Best for something hedonistic: Soneva Jani

‘No news, no shoes’: that’s the only rule at Soneva Jani, the idyllic resort found in the crystal clear waters of the Noonu Atol. If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime feel you’re after, head to Soneva Fushi’s sister resort for an incredible getaway.

Ideal for larger groups, make the most of an overwater cinema, star-gazing observatory, meditative labyrinth, stunning villas and and spa. If that doesn’t impress, the chocolate and cheese rooms certainly will. From your own full-size private pool to direct access to the glittering lagoon, this scenic retreat is the Maldives at its most magical, with 24 overwater villas to choose from.

Good news for gourmands too. When it comes to the food, only the highest quality ingredients make the cut. Attention to detail is imperative – especially when it comes to bringing a smile to a diner’s face.

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